This Week @ York For Week of October 13

Here’s your timely & targeted compilation of key events, noteworthy news and important dates for the remainder of the week.

Note: any information related to changes due to COVID-19 found in this newsletter has already been communicated to the community and can be found at York’s YU Better Together website. All this information is accurate at the newsletter’s time of publication.

If you don’t have time to read This Week @ York, or would like to refer to it again, every edition can be found on the This Week @ York Archive web page.

Here are some other important items to keep in mind this week.

1 All-Community Virtual Town Hall. Join President Rhonda Lenton and other York senior leaders during this all-community Virtual Town Hall. The panel will answer questions from students, staff, instructors and faculty concerning the upcoming months. Submit your questions in advance using this Virtual Town Hall question submission form. Wednesday, October 21, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
2 The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) is conducting an external review of its services and they want to hear from you. Please take 10 minutes to fill out the Student Feedback Survey and tell them about your experiences when working with units in the OUR – Recruitment and Admissions, Client Relations, Records & Scheduling, Student Financial Services and Student Systems. This will help the OUR better understand your experience and identify areas that are working well and what can be improved upon to serve you better. Survey Closing Date: Tuesday, October 20 at 11:59 p.m.
3 Experiential Education (EE) Symposium 2021 Application. Did you work on a research project or field activity for a course with experiential education components that you are exceptionally proud of? If yes, you should become a Poster Presenter and show off your project virtually at the Experiential Education Symposium in January! Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 2.
4 Webinar: Job Search & Networking Strategies. Want to be more effective in getting the job you want? Find out how to uncover and create career opportunities by understanding how employers fill job openings. Learn how to uncover hidden opportunities and build relationships that maximize your job search efforts. Wednesday, October 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration required at Experience York.

Make some time this week to think about your career and check out My Career Plan on the Career Centre’s eClass page. If you’d like to learn more about My Career Plan, read last week’s #YUBlog post, “Career Centre’s New Module: My Career Plan on eClass,” where the team has broken down My Career Plan and provided a glimpse into the Career Exploration Guide and the Career Exploration Workbook.

5 York International (YI) Info Session: Global Internships Q&A. Interested in participating in a funded international internship? Join this Global Internships Q&A Zoom session to find out more about program requirements and the application process. Wednesday, October 14, noon to 1 p.m.

YI Info Session: Preparing for Graduation. Are you an international student planning to graduate at the end of this semester or the next? Join YI for this information session to help you starting planning for life after graduation. Wednesday, October 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

YI Info Session: Exchange Q&A. Students interested in participating in a York International exchange program must attend at least one Exchange Q&A. The session will recap the key points from the Information Session video, answer your questions and give the submission code for the Exchange Application. Wednesday, October 14, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

View the York International Events Calendar for the full Virtual Coffee Break weekly schedule. YI’s daily Virtual Coffee Breaks are an online space for international and domestic students from across programs, Faculties, countries and cultures to connect and get to know each other! Student Leaders are on Zoom every weekday with different fun and interesting topics. When you sign up, a confirmation email with the zoom link will be sent to you upon registration.

6 Creative Workshop: Realistic Faces. Being able to draw a realistic portrait is a fun skill to have and it’s also a great way to relax! Take a break, decompress and join this self-care-oriented workshop and create your very own personalized masterpiece. All you need is a pen/pencil and paper. Wednesday, October 14, 5 to 6 p.m. Registration required.

For more ways to relax and decompress this Reading Week, as well as a few solid study tips, check out last week’s #YUBlog post, “How to Make the Most Out of Reading Week

7 Mature Student Event Schedule. Are you a mature student at York? Are you interested in meditation or attending a casual, drop-in café hour to meet other mature students or a mature student peer mentor? Check the schedule at the link above and attend any session you wish, via Zoom.
8 The Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) is here to help you get the most out of your university experience. They offer an array of tools, guidance, programs and workshops to ensure your growth and engagement in student life. You'll find everything from nutrition, health and wellness to community building, leadership and learning skills.
9 Student Accessibility Services continues to meet with students virtually! Students already registered with Student Accessibility Services can connect with their Accessibility Counsellor by email or via

Interested in registering with Student Accessibility Services? Visit the New Students page on their website.

10 Student Counselling & Development is continuing to offer individual remote single-session counselling and telephone support at 416-736-5297, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have also provided a suite of COVID-19 mental health resources to help you prioritize your mental health and wellbeing and access additional community supports.

Glendon Campus students can access individual counselling through Glendon’s Accessibility, Well-Being and Counselling.


Limited Study Spaces on Campus: Students living in proximity to campus, in undergraduate residences, York Apartments and The Quad, and those in on-campus courses have indicated a need for accessible, quiet spaces with reliable internet access to study and work on projects. In response to this need, York is making a limited number of student study spaces available to students on campus. Use of all study spaces will require pre-booking, via the study space online reservation tool.

To ensure your safety while on campus, we have instituted designated entrances for student access that will require your YU-card to gain entry. Please visit the Building Access on Campus web page for a map of designated building entrances and details about which buildings do not have YU-card readers and how to access them.

Announcement: Resumption of Paid Parking. On November 1, York will be resuming paid parking on both the Keele and Glendon campuses with a new contactless payment option from HONK Mobile to make paying for parking more convenient. For example, you’ll be able to tap to pay and extend meter time from class. A discounted payment program will be in place for the remainder of the Fall term, with regular parking rates and permit requirements restarting in January 2021. Learn more about these changes and the HONK Mobile app on the Parking Services website.

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